iPhone Faces Christmas Chaos, iOS 16 Bug Fight, WWDC Archive Taken Down

Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 14 holiday issues, Qualcomm reveals iPhone 15 plans, latest iOS 16 bugs, MacBook Pro time travel award , foldable iPad screens, WWDC files pulled, and Apple’s 2022 cancellations.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).

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The iPhone is in short supply

If you’re looking for an iPhone 14 as a Christmas present, it’s probably best to order now. Apple is facing supply chain issues for the iPhone 14, which is expected to make fewer phones available for the holiday run. The reason? China’s forced lockdown of Foxconn factories due to CoVID-19 infections in the area:

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“…despite mass vaccination, China has what’s called a ‘zero-Covid’ policy, where entire cities and workplaces like Foxconn can be locked down until there are no cases of Covid-19. It’s the kind of dystopian order that only an authoritarian state can bring about; a stark contrast to the Western world where people are living with Covid-19 as if it were the flu rather than trying to eradicate it altogether.”

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5G modem independence is still out of reach

Meanwhile, Apple’s 5G modem woes continue. After buying Intel’s modem division in 2019, Apple would have hoped to wrest control of 5G modem supply chains from Qualcomm, just as it did with Apple Silicon by usurping Intel. However, Qualcomm expects to provide iPhone modems for at least four more years:

“By extension, 2026 now appears to be the earliest we can expect iPhone modems to be fully in-house, and to see the benefits of that integration. After all, even if Apple can deliver big profits sooner, the company can’t . will ship iPhones with different performance levels after the 2016 debacle, so Apple’s modems will be tied.”


Provisional version of iOS 16

Taking on two key bugs that appeared in the iPhone operating system, Apple released iOS 16.1.1. It’s not the big step expected in iOS 16.2, but it does address connectivity and advertising metrics. It should now be available in the Settings/General/Software Updates section of your iPhone:

“Although the notes released are vague, the fix is ​​likely to address two nagging issues. One affected the ability of some users to stay connected to Wi-Fi networks, and the other affected Apple’s SKAdNetwork, which “allows advertisers to measure the success of ads attributing app installs.” to specific ad campaigns.”


MacBook Pro 2021 wins “Best Laptop” 2022 award

In terms of timing, Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro just missed out on being named TechRadar’s “Laptop of the Year” in 2021, but Apple’s advanced ARM-based hardware is comfortably in the 2022 award window. Given that presentation, is it a surprise that he collected the award?

“… it’s a testament to how good the 14-inch MacBook Pro is that in the next 12 months, no other laptop has topped it, in our opinion. In fact, the only laptop that came close was another Apple device: the MacBook Air (M2, 2022), which currently sits at the top of our best laptops guide. But while the new MacBook Air is a great all-around laptop that’s best for most people, the 14-inch MacBook Pro remains the most innovative and exciting laptop of the past 12 months.


Samsung suggests the iFold

While the Android world continues to innovate around foldable smartphones and tablets, Apple hasn’t released any of its own designs. That may change in 2024 and 2025, as one of Apple’s main display suppliers, Samsung, has indicated that it expects to provide Tim Cook and his team with the necessary parts in the future:

“[The Elec] claims that during a recent meeting with suppliers, Samsung said it expects Apple to release its first foldable devices in 2024, but that they will initially be tablets or laptops, rather than smartphones. Indeed, if you’re waiting for an iPhone Flip, you probably shouldn’t wait until 2025 at the earliest, however, the wait for a foldable iPad could be a little shorter.”


WWDC teardown

Brendan Shanks’ collection of historical WWDC videos has been hit by numerous copyright claims and has been removed from YouTube. Apple maintains its own archive, but does not provide public access to the entire collection, so public access to topics such as “Mac OS X, Darwin, Aqua or WebObjects” was lost. Only a handful of WWDC clips remain available:

“And yes, even though this archived content is Apple’s intellectual property, the company doesn’t exactly do the best job of making its history available to fans. It looks like the closest thing we’ve got to an official archive related to the company is the small but growing Steve Jobs Archive, which contains emails, videos and voice clips that highlight bits of Jobs’ life. The site was launched in September by Jobs’ friends and family, not Apple.”

(The Verge).

And finally…

Joe Rossignol salutes the fallen Apple products that Tim Cook and his various teams quietly “made” during 2022, including the 5W power adapter, the 27-inch iMac and the iPod Touch. All it needs now is some heartwarming Oscar-time music to play on Apple’s next release:

“First introduced in October 2001, the iPod was one of Apple’s most iconic products, but the device’s discontinuation became inevitable over time given the wide variety of Apple products that can now play music, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod mini. and more… iOS 16 is not supported on any iPod touch model, marking the end of software support for the portable music player.”


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